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Hot tickets around town, Page 2


Department of Defense honors heroes with highest recognition, Page 6


National Bullying Prevention Month Walk and Rally

COMMUNITY Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival a kaleidoscope of artistry, Page 8

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Stop the Bullying program and rally against bullying at the beginning On Oct 3, Dr. Clifford of the new school year. L. Thomas, founder of “We’ll also have a We Lead By Example, young girl give her testiInc./Tae Kwon Do Ram- mony about how she was blers Self Defense Sys- bullied and what she fitems will be leading a nally did to stop it,” said 2.7.mile Walk and Rally Thomas. During the rally in observation on Na- the Ramblers school will tional Bullying Preven- also perform a couple of tion Month. The event sketches on how to deal will be from 9:30 a.m. to with bullies. 11:30 a.m.; and a rally “I’ve been speaking will commence at noon out against bullying with refreshments at the since 1970,” said Thomas, Bladensburg Community a noted Grand Master of Center, 4500 57th Ave. 10 different martial arts Labeling his school disciplines. and participants as Bul“We’ve got to bring ly Busters, Thomas has this bullying to a head invited local politicians because we need to avoid and Bladensburg Police see WALK, page 7 members to join the Let’s BY BOBBY JONES



Remembrance run honors POW/ MIA at Airshow

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are greeted by catholic school children at the flightline Sept. 22 on Joint Base Andrews. The children are local to the National Capital Region and presented Pope Francis with a gift of flowers.

AFDW Commemorates Air Force Birthday with USAF Tattoo BY 1ST LT. ESTHER WILLETT



Marine Corps (Ret.) GySgt Ryan Rivera and members of Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 102, run the POW/MIA flag to the show center to mark the start of the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Airshow, Sept. 18. BY STAFF SGT. NICHELLE ANDERSON


In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day, Team Andrews participated in a 24-hour remembrance run Sept. 17-18.

More than 300 civilians and military service members participated in the run. Unlike years past, the run took place at the Motorcycle Safety Course.

see RUN, page 7

Airmen from the Air Force District of Washington brought the Air Force’s rich history and heritage to life with a celebration of music, drill and ceremony, aircraft, and fireworks as the service commemorated its 68th birthday on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling today. The United States Air Force Tattoo, themed “The U.S. Air Force: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” featured flyovers by the USAF Thunderbirds, the F-22 Raptor demonstration team, and


The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs during

see BIRTHDAY, page 5 the United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17.

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Hot tickets Celebrate Library Card around town September 26

Food for Thought Festival Noon-5 p.m. Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek Join the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park exploring strategies for reducing food waste through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games and of course food. Call 301-283-2113 or visit http://

September 26-30

Capital Challenge Horse Show The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro This annual horse show is a must-see. Call 301952-7900 or visit

September 26

Noon Das Best Oktoberfest National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor This Oktoberfest event features food, fun and more. For more information, visit or

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Frightfest Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Bowie Enjoy Thrills by Day and Fright by Night Sept. 19 – Nov. 1. FREE with park admission. Call 301249-1500 or visit

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Fighting For Freedom: African American Participation in The War Of 1812 1-2 p.m. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg Learn about the participation and stories of African Americans, who fought with the American and British troops during the War of 1812. Also discussed, the opportunities provided to runaway slaves who joined the British to be granted freedom in Canada. Call 301-7790371 or visit Tribute to the Music of Motown 8 p.m. The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly A night of live entertainment featuring the biggest Motown hits in a series of medleys and powerhouse songs. Call 301-277-1710 or visit www.arts.

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.”- Leonardo da Vinci Go ahead and exercise those neurons by reading and open the world at your local library during Library Card Sign-up Month. The Prince George’s Memorial Library System has a plethora of books, e-books and e-readers, digital audio books, movies, magazines, games, and many other traditional and digital resources to excite your senses at a local library near you. There are so many reasons for signing up for your library card. According to Kathleen Teaze, CEO of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, the Library Card Sign-up Month draws attention to the benefits of having a free library card. “At Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, library card-holders gain access to the library’s vast print collection and public-access computers as well as to online resources, such as electronic books, streaming audio and video services, more than 50 online databases and free training, tutoring, test prep and language education. Library cards are gateways to one of the best free community resources you can find,” said Teaze.

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Teaze noted some of the more tangible opportunities available to card holders that are not apparent are that they gain free access to cutting-edge technology at PGCMLS. “Customers can borrow iPads at the South Bowie Branch Library, for example, or use the Fairmount Heights Branch’s D.R.E.A.M. Lab, a digital resource center for music production, video projects and Web and graphic design.” She further stated “Library card-holders also have access to online entertainment providing free streaming music, movies, TV shows and audio books. It’s all available free with a library card, the best deal in town,” said Teaze. “Library cards are portals to a whole world of free activities for all ages, beginning with early literacy opportunities to materials easily accessible through your computer or tablet,” Teaze added. A d d i t i o n a l l y, t h e P r i n c e George’s County Memorial Library System introduced a new mobile app to give customers access to the library from their smart phones. Check the mobile app or website at for all the many online opportunities, programs and activities available free to library card holders. Anyone living in Maryland,

Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia with a photo ID and proof of address may sign up for a free Prince George’s County library card at any of the system’s 19 branches. Students age 17 or younger unaccompanied by a parent or guardian may apply for a student library card, which allows holders to borrow up to three items and access online services and library computers. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit any branch of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System or online at Some of the ideas for the youngsters or young-at-heart, the PGMLS offers hoopla digital Free Comics online with a library card. All library card holders can instantly explore, borrow and enjoy comics from DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Titan Comics and more. These are now available for mobile and online access the Library’s partnership with hoopla digital. Most of the materials and programs available to you are free at your library. But if you’re looking for some quick ideas for celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month online, search for http://www.

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Tricare Online and MiCare Secure Messaging are designed to enhance access to care for military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System,” said Col. Gwendolyn Johnson, chief of Air Force secure messaging at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. “While they do have some features in common, our beneficiaries decide which tool they desire to use.” In both programs beneficiaries can validate medication lists and obtain test results, including labs. Both systems facilitate appointments. With Tricare Online, beneficiaries schedule appointments themselves, whereas MiCare, beneficiaries request appointments via secure messaging. Once the request is made, clinic staff schedules an appointment with the provider. Tricare Online allows patients to track their claims and deductibles, and to obtain proof of medical in-

surance. In comparison, MiCare is focused on secure messaging communication between patients and their health-care teams. For more information on Tricare Online and MiCare Secure Messaging, contact a local military treatment facility.

approximately $300 million in VA grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The funding supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent veteran homelessness. It went to 286 non-profit organizations and conEarly Layaways sumer cooperatives in all 50 states, The Army & Air Force Exchange the District of Columbia, Guam, Service is offering fee-free layaway Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. purchases. The program ensures SSFV grantees serve veterans plenty of time to pay for gifts while with incomes below 30 percent of keeping them hidden from prying the area median income. Grantees eyes. The exchange will waive the must center on permanently hous$3 service fee for items placed on ing homeless veterans without prelayaway and paid for by Dec. 24. conditions and provide supportive Purchases of $25 or more are eligi- services. ble for the layaway plan. A deposit The Retiree Activities Office is of 15 percent is required to hold open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday items. through Friday. Visit the office in Housing Renewal Funds Building 1604 at California and Thousands of low-income veter- Colorado Avenues or call 301 981an families permanently housed or 2726. Call before your visit to ensure transitioning to permanent hous- a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has ing will benefit from the renewal of a website at

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Max Impact releases new original song and video, “American Airman” BY MASTER SGT. ERIC SULLIVAN USAFB

The U.S. Air Force Band’s Max Impact has made unique contributions to our Airman culture, writing career field-specific songs for the Honor Guard (“Stand”) and Air Force Special Operations (“Send Me”). However, for their next project, the members of the band wanted to broaden the scope of their message. The result of this desire for force-wide inclusivity is the song “American Airman,” which was premiered at the Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet at this year’s Air Force Association convention. The song was written by Technical Sgt. Nalani Quintello and Senior Master Sgt. Matt Ascione, both members of Max Impact. They were inspired to write the song, Quintello said, by the desire to “incorporate (into a song) every aspect of being an American Airman ... we all raised our right hand and swore to defend our country with our lives. We’re all fighting for the same thing on the


ry “Hap” Arnold, the only 5-star Air Force general, and Gen. Billy Mitchell, an early advocate of the worth of air power. The intended audience for the song isn’t the only thing that sets “American Airman” apart from Max Impact’s previous offerings. Where “Stand” and “Send Me” take their musical cues from hard rock and metal, “American Airman” is firmly in the vein of New Nashville Country, and Ascione says this is a good thing. “I feel that the musical style is more accessible to a wider range of listeners, and Nalani’s voice is a U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. KAT LYNN JUSTEN perfect match for the tune.” There is also a “shout” chorus at the end, which is a The U.S. Air Force band Max Impact performs in front of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratocaster during production of their up-and-coming music video perfect spot for an audience or listener to join in. on the Joint Base Andrews flight line Aug. 26. The world premiere for “American Airman” and same team, and that’s what mander (Col. Larry Lang) of the popular music scene the accompanying music brings us so close together.” had previously requested (American Idol) to bounce video took place on MonShe continued, “We’re one that we write a sort of ‘fight ideas off and to have fresh day evening at the yearly big family. One of my favor- song’ for the Air Force, and ideas.” AFA Convention, during ite lines in the song is, ‘We we hope this song fits the Quintello offered her the Outstanding Airmen of stand together on freedom’s bill perfectly.” As for writ- thoughts on the process as the Year awards banquet. ride/Brothers and sisters ing the song with newest well. “It’s always a pleasure This annual event is reguyou can never divide.’” Max Impact member Quin- to write with Master Sgt. larly attended by the highSaid Ascione, “Once the tello, Ascione said, “She’s a Ascione ... we just fed off est ranking members of the tune started coming togeth- fantastic collaborator. It’s of each other and created Air Force, along with other er, I knew I wanted to pre- great to have someone who our interpretation of what distinguished visitors from miere it at AFA. Our com- has just come from the edge it means to be an American government and industry. Airman.” The song also in- But, for Quintello, there cludes some Air Force his- was more excitement than tory, referencing Gen. Hen- nerves. “I never would have


thought I’d be co-writing a song specifically for the Air Force and premiering it in front of our leaders, including the Chief of Staff, Gen. Welsh. It’s such an honor to be able to write and sing for something much bigger than myself.” Max Impact filmed the music video using the flight line at Joint Base Andrews as their backdrop. The U.S. Air Force Band’s producer, Chief Master Sgt. Jebodiah Eaton, supervised the project, which brought together professionals from Air Force Television and the 11th Wing public affairs team to shoot and edit the music video. “The synergy on the project was a testament to the professionalism of all of those involved,” said Eaton. Aircraft were supplied by the 811 Operations Group, 459 Air Refueling Wing and 113 Fighter Wing. Eaton explained, “This project came together rather quickly and represents the flexibility and seamless integration of active, guard and reserve components of the Air Force.” The video is currently available on YouTube and can be downloaded from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution site (DVIDS) https://www. american-airmen.

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The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and Air Force Band present the colors during the United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17. The Air Force District of Washington commemorated the United States Air Force’s 68th birthday September 17 with a celebration of music, drill and ceremony, aircraft, and fireworks on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

BIRTHDAY , from page 1 a Warbird vintage aircraft squadron, as well as performances by the U.S. Special Operations command’s Para-Commandos jump team, and the USAF Band and Honor Guard. The ceremony reminds us of the contributions and sacrifices made by Airmen - past and present - who have served the Nation in our Air Force, said Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “Tonight we thank millions of patriots who raised their hands and swore to support and defend the Constitution as members of the United States Air Force. We thank the millions more who supported them from home and we thank the millions yet to come who will raise their hands and follow us into the wild blue yonder,” said Welsh. Senior leaders from the Air Force and other branches of service joined in the celebration, along with leaders from Capitol Hill, community and business leaders, as well as a number of senior Air Force officers from countries in the Pacific region. The event was a perfect opportuni-

ty to showcase and celebrate this point in the U.S. Air Force’s history and to invest in cooperative relationships with global partners which remain critical to ensuring continued safety and stability in key regions around the world, said Col. Jon Julian, the 11th Operations Group Commander at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. “This is an opportunity to show off precision, excellence, and professionalism in a traditional military tattoo setting to our friends and allies,” Julian said. “We are building those relationships right now in our backyard, sharing the celebration of Air Power and our birthday.” Planners and performers worked for more than ten months to execute a seamless event. Coordinating the flight portions of the Tattoo posed the largest logistical challenge. A lot of legwork went into ensuring that flyovers looked smooth and uncomplicated on execution, said Julian. As the planning committee navigated logistical obstacles, performers faced unique challenges of their own. “This is a joint effort between multiple units coming together, and the challenge is all the mov-


The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and Air Force Band perform during the United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17. The Air Force District of Washington commemorated the United States Air Force’s 68th birthday September 17 with a celebration of music, drill and ceremony, aircraft, and fireworks on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. The event included flyovers of several aircraft that included the Air Force Thunderbirds and a Warbird vintage aircraft squadron, as well as performances by the Air Force Band and Honor Guard.

ing parts. We have assets in the air and lots of troops on the ground so timings are critical,” said Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, lead singer for Max Impact, the premier rock band of the U.S. Air Force. “Technology is our enemy sometimes, so we try to work out all those kinks and make sure everything flows smoothly and gives a good show.” Performing in low light also presents a challenge when you are manipulating a sword or a rifle in close quarters. “The hardest part for the drill team is adapting to the different circumstances when we drill,” said Senior Amn. Angela Mitchell, a drill team member of the U.S. Honor Guard. “We’re not used to drilling at night, and our eyes are trying


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“But it all paid off. It was incredible.” Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Darryl Burke said it was a unique privilege for AFDW Airmen to be able to honor the service as it celebrates its 68th birthday. “This event demonstrates Air Force excellence and capabilities to our global partners, our

senior leaders, and our community,” said Burke. “The talented men and women who performed today represent our proud legacy as Airmen, they represent the Airmen defending our freedom around the globe today, and they represent the Airmen who will follow us as we look to confront the challenges of the future.”

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Department of Defense honors heroes with highest recognition BY SENIOR AIRMAN HAILEY HAUX


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter honored Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler for their heroism during an award ceremony at the Pentagon Sept. 17. The three men made headlines when they subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train Aug. 21. “The world is a very dangerous place. Not because of the people who wish to do evil but because there are so few of us that try to make a difference and do anything about it,’” said Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, quoting Albert Einstein. “It is a privilege to share this stage with three young men who did something about evil. Today we are here to honor Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and Mr. Anthony Sadler for what they did in their heroic action that

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone after presenting him the Airman’s Medal at the Heroes of the Rails ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. Stone was awarded the Airman’s Medal and the Purple Heart for bravery and valor for his heroic actions on the train bound for Paris.

day on the train bound for Paris.” Selva expressed how difficult it is to imagine what might have happened on that train that day had the three not taken action. “For that heroism, we are here to present the Soldier’s Medal and the Airman’s Medal, the services’ highest award for members who have distinguished themselves in non-combat heroic action,

which involved risking their own lives,” Selva said. “(We also present) the Medal of Valor, a medal that was brought into being after September 11, 2001, for civilians who took the same risk.” Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos each took a turn getting their medals pinned on by the secretary of Defense. Carter gave the credit for having a world of opportunities and challenges


The “Heroes of the Rails” stand with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Gen. Paul J. Selva, the Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17 to honor the three men for their heroic actions on Aug. 21 on a train bound for Paris.

to heroes like Skarlatos and Stone, adding both servicemembers and young citizens like Sadler, give us confidence in the future. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James pinned the Purple Heart to Stone’s chest for the

wounds he received during the attack. “I stand before you today as a person who owes his life to an Airman.” Selva said. “That Airman risked his life to save mine, not unlike these three men did that day on that train. I have lived my life and led

my career with the abiding belief that when each of us who wear this uniform or choose to defend this nation are called, we will do the right thing. Gentlemen, thank you for acting, thank you for being people who cared enough to make a difference.”


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RUN, from page 1 To kick-off the remembrance run, Ann Mills-Griffiths, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families, spoke to attendees and runners about the importance of remembering our POWs and how her organization assists in that endeavor. “Your role in this can’t be understated,” Griffiths said. “Ending uncertainty and bringing facts to waiting families, friends and to our nation has been what we’ve done since 1970, what you’re doing upholds the spirit and the letter of the Code of Conduct and what you all accept as the best possible effort to leave no one behind.” During the entirety of the event, members carried the POW/MIA flag around the course. The intent was for the flag to stay in motion at all times, signifying the constant search for all POW/MIA. “Because of your adherence to such high principals, Americans across the country are indebted to all of you,” said Mills, “not only for your service to our country, but what you do for those who have not yet returned.” POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually across the country on the third Friday of September. On this day, service members take time to pay homage to those who were POW or are still MIA. Coincidently, the recognition day coincided with Andrews Airshow this year and the two planning committees worked together to ensure the remembrance run was part of the show.



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Ann Mills-Griffiths, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families, speaks during the opening ceremony for the POW/MIA 24-hour Remembrance Run. During the entirety of the event, members carried the POW/ MIA flag around the course. The intent was for the flag to stay in motion at all times, signifying the constant search for all POW/MIA.

“The end of the run began the Andrews Airshow’s DoD-only Rehearsal Day opening ceremony, “said Tech. Sgt. Joshua Erhard, POW/MIA Remembrance Run committee chairmen. Marine Corps (Ret.) GySgt Ryan Rivera and members of Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 102 ran the POW/ MIA flag to the show center to mark the start of the show. “We do this run every year and we do it in honor of POW/MIAs,” said Erhard. President Obama stated in a proclamation, “On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we express the solemn promise of a country and its people to our service members who have not returned home and their families: you are not forgotten.”

altercations like the young football player who beat another player half to death in the lunch room at school last week in Baltimore. A lot of things are happening on the bus before the kids even reach school,” said Thomas. “I teach my students to defend themselves with alternative techniques against bullies. There was one of my students who had another kid throw a ball of paper at him on the bus. He threw it back at him and the kid beat him up very badly. The first thing I asked my student was did you block his punches. He answered yes, I kept on blocking, but he kept on punching. I asked what him what did he do next. He said I told my teacher about the incident and then I told my parents when I got home. The first thing I teach my kids to do is block weapons such as pencils or knives to protect them from serious danger,” said Thomas. Dr. Thomas realizes the long term adverse effects bullying has on people of all ages, including students,

parents, family members, seniors and even within the work force, “whether experienced through cyberspace and or in person,” said Thomas, who recently received a Maryland citation from Governor Larry Hogan for his efforts against bullying in the schools and his senior safety program. “We hope that the governor and everyone else will be able to attend our worthwhile event,” said Thomas. To register to participate in the walk/rally go to: tkdmccutch@yahoo. com. Place on the subject line: October 3 Bullying Busters and indicate the number of participants. For information on upcoming events regarding bullying prevention and supports efforts against bullying throughout the year, visit: or call 301-277-2124. For questions, feel free to contact Dr. Thomas at 202-251-1030. We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self Defense Systems is a registered 501 (c) and 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. To view a map of the walk route go to http://

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Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival a kaleidoscope of artistry, community involvement nesses, while listening to music and allowing their children to be treated to free face painting. Some the artists shared their Noted as Prince George’s County’s works and thoughts on participating in the Gateway Arts District, artists from various community event. disciplines, including music, sculptors and Emily Fanning, Riverdale Park Youth painters and more, displayed their talents Doll Study Club founder and board memfor local visitors and surrounding anchor ber, proudly answered questions from restaurants to enjoy during the 8th An- potential patrons about their handmade nual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival dolls. Based out of Riverdale Park, the Sept. 19. club teaches girls, age 7 years and older, Originally organized by the Hyattsville how to make early 1800 bedpost dolls out Community Development Corporation of finials. and EYA, an urban home builder of new “It’s a lost art, so I’m teaching them how home communities throughout DC, Mary- to do it. There’s also furniture they can put land and Virginia the community art event refinish and assemble for the dolls,” said brought together more than 70 exhibiting Fanning, who learned fine art through and performing artists for artistic displays, summer classes at Corcoran Gallery of Art live entertainment and food in the arts dis- in Washington, D.C. trict founded in 2001. “I don’t really play with dolls anymore,” According to Stuart Eisenberg, HCDC said Tamryn Thornton-Fillyaw, 14, a fourExecutive Director, there are many rel- year student at RPAC. “But it’s a good skill evant purposes to sponsoring the annual to have because it teaches you how to sew event. “First of all we are in the Prince and have patience. I really enjoy doing the George’s County Gateway of Arts and En- faces. It also teaches you to be disciplined tertainment District; [where] arts are im- because it really takes a long time to finish a portant to the community,” said Eisenberg. doll. When you’re done, it’s really awesome.” As far as the variety of entertainment Delia Mychajluk, a 1986 graduate of invited, Eisenberg noted, “a certain num- Corcoran has been a member of the Hyber of remaining festival applicants are ju- attsville Community Arts Alliance for ried for participation, which allowed us to more than five years. She has shared her get an interesting mix of talent and show- talents with the local community for 30 case certain artists. Essentially, we were years. looking for the eclectic, unique and high A nurse by profession, Mychajluk quality artists,” Eisenberg said. earned a Bachelors and Masters in PsyMore than 3,900 to 4,000 visitors chology Nursing. “Although I still work as browsed the colorfully cordoned street way, a nurse, art is my passion. I’ve been combetween the anchored entrance of Busboys ing to these art festivals for about three and Poets and Elevation Burger, patron- years. I enjoy coming to interact with my izing the artisans, vendors and local busi- community.” BY BOBBY JONES


Fine glassware was on display from Bella Art Mosaics, a local business that specializes in unique mosaics, jewelry, mirrors, fine art, home décor and garden accents.

Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation Executive Director explained the event originated as a means to attract people to the area to show them what was happening with revitalization and potentially to sell more row homes and support future retail. “Once the retail center was completed the event was moved to Jefferson Street, which seemed to be a nice backdrop for the festival,” said Eisenberg. In relevance to the future revitalization of the arts district Eisenberg noted, “plans are to maintain what we are doing and move toward the transit-oriented development at the Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville Metro stations. Realizing the potential at those very important sites will help our community realize its full potential.” Among the other entertainment was six mainstream artists, included Brûlée, Invoke, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, Cissa Paz, Urban Artistry and Cheick Hamala Diabate


Delia Mychajluk, a 1986 graduate of Corcoran and member of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance for over five years stands beside one of her many creations called A Mother’s Burden, made of cement over recycled bottles and cans. The hands and face are made of polymer clay. She has shared her talents with the local community for 30 years.

Along the Route 1 corridor, The Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville town center featured the following retailers and restaurants: Big Bad Woof Pet Supply, Busboys and Poets, Chipotle, Elevation Burger, Café Azul and Shagga Coffee, Essential Day Spa, Frame Savvy, Hair Cuttery, MyEyeDr., Spice 6, Tara Thai, Yes! Organic Market, Yogi Castle and Jimmy John’s. Visitors could also experience Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store.

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Thunderbirds fly high over JBA BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS J.D. MAIDENS


Joint Base Andrews held an Air Show on Sept. 19. Months of preparation culminated in a show featuring static, aviation displays and flights. The flights were headlined by the United States Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds. “It’s great to be here at Joint Base Andrews! We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate 68 years of Air Force history,” said Capt. Sara Harper, Thunderbirds public affairs officer. “It was an honor to be a part of the air tattoo on Friday that honored past and present Airmen of the world’s greatest Air Force!” Also flying: an F-22 Raptor; P-51 Mustangs; F-16 Fighting Falcons; a U-2 “Dragon Lady”; the U.S. Special Operations Command Para-


A P-51 Mustang and an F-22 Raptor perform a heritage flight at the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show Sept. 19. These aircraft represent more than half a century of U.S. Air Force history.

chute team; a KC-135 Stratotanker; Kent Pietsch, professional stunt pilot; UH-1N Iroquois; the Warbirds aerial demonstration team; Scott Francis, an acrobatic pilot; the Trojan Horsemen; and David Windmiller, an acrobatic pilot. The flights took place over a flightline covered in static displays and refreshments provided by

local vendors. “It’s been great, I really enjoyed it,” Angela DeBellis, air show attendee. “It’s been a long time since I went to one of these, I can’t wait to come to another.” Distinguished visitors included Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who assisted in


The Trojan Horsemen perform during the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show, Sept. 19. The demonstration aircraft used were T-28 Trojans.

stopping an in-progress French terrorist attack. The announcer was Matt Jolley, current host of the Edward R. Murrow Award winning radio talk show for military aviation fans, Warbird Radio LIVE. JBA and Naval Air

Facility Washington personnel provided logistic, medical and security support. “We wanted to show our air superiority capabilities and say ‘thanks’ to the community,” said Lt. Col. Marc Milligan, Air Show director. “Judg-

ing by the attendance and enthusiasm from the audience for our displays, I’d call this a success.” Visit www.andrews. or the Joint Base Andrews Facebook page to see more photos from the 2015 Air Show.

Saturday October 3, 2015 11AM - 10PM Sunday October 4, 2015 NOON - 5PM Catholic Catho Ca tholic lic Mass

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Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr., 459th Air Refueling Wing commander, Joint Base Andrews, passes the guidon to Col. Roger S. Law, during the 459th Maintenance Group Assumption of Command ceremony held on September 12th. This will be Col. Law’s third maintenance commander position.


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